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Music streamer/DAC opinions and set up

Discussion in 'DACs' started by trinhsman, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. trinhsman

    trinhsman AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    i have a chance to get a decent Music Streamer/DAC combo. It has RCA audio outs. I’m kind of a simple 2 channel guy and don’t do a lot of music library type of stuff. Mostly just Pandora and a bit of other internet streaming. This unit can do wireless, and that’s the only way I would want to hook it up. My equipment is listed in my signature. I would hook it RCA’s out to my Preamps RCA’s in. Then set up the wireless connection to stream.
    QUESTION: Am I wasting my time and money? I already can stream Pandora through my OPPO, so just want to know if I am wasting money and time. The cost of the Music Streamer/DAC combo is just under 900 dollars used and has really good reviews.
    Thoughts.??
     

     

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  2. Poultrygeist

    Poultrygeist Lunatic Member

    I use a much less expensive option which will give equal or better results.

    Chrome Cast Audio ( $35 ) streaming Pandora via mini optical cable into a Topping D30 DAC ( $110 ).

    CCA is wireless and not compressed like some others and controlled by phone, tablet etc.
     
  3. awillia6

    awillia6 Super Member

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    $15 CCA at Google Store all (Black Friday) weekend.
     
  4. Poultrygeist

    Poultrygeist Lunatic Member

    Thanks I just ordered another one
     
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  5. awillia6

    awillia6 Super Member

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    I nailed a pair myself earlier in the week. Great gizmos!
     
  6. CKDC

    CKDC AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Does Pandora stream hi-res?

    That might be a stumbling block. Consider Tidal or Qobuz.

    The Chromecast is pretty decent but not without issue(for me at least.)

    I like my Bluseound Node 2 and am thinking of getting a Node 2 i for my second system.
     
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  7. Audiofreak71

    Audiofreak71 Boerboelicious Subscriber

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    If your oppo does Upnp then all you have to do is download Mconnect from the App Store and you can stream pandora, Tidal, Qobuz, your computer library etc . Your 105d is better than most streamers out there , I use my udp-203 this way and it’s seamless and sound outstanding.

    Audiofreak71
     
  8. trinhsman

    trinhsman AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Could I plug the Cromecast into my Oppo, then get the app on my phone and stream from my phone to my Oppo? Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I have never done any of this.
     
  9. Audiofreak71

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    Yes you can use chromecast and I ran mine that way for awhile but when I discovered I could use the oppo direct for streaming via the mconnect app i found it to be much easier and it puts all your music in one app . It acts much like Roon. You can check right now if your oppo has upnp connection , by downloading the mconnect app and streaming from whatever streaming service you use . Or I suppose you can just look it up if the 105d has the upnp capabilities.

    Audiofreak71
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2018
  10. Poultrygeist

    Poultrygeist Lunatic Member

    Here's my hockey puck Chrome Cast Audio ( in the middle ) streaming to a Topping D30. The box it's attached to is a Shure cart box. I originally had it inside the box but that masked it's WiFi signal.

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  11. Wildcat

    Wildcat Audio Sommelier Subscriber

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    The old 105 does, and I use it as such daily for several hours. I need to check out that MConnect app just for kicks.
     
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  12. Audiofreak71

    Audiofreak71 Boerboelicious Subscriber

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    Yeah it works really good and consolidates your music services, hd’s Etc with a pretty decent interface as well , at $7 a month I feel it’s worth it .

    Audiofreak71
     
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